Among many delights of this year’s Maison et Objet Fair I would like to mention this unusual inflatable planter by ArtTerre. The piece is called Green Pillow and acts as a flexible houseplant container, equally suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Once inflated, it becomes a plant cushion. You can put it on the sofa or the floor, it is waterproof and can even float. So, you can freely scatter these planter pillows around any surfaces. The item can hold pots of up to 13cm in diameter.
The geeky charm of these pillows made me smile. Any scrabble letter with its corresponding point value can be now owned in a form of a pillow from Counter Couture Design. Each 14″x14″ case is made of 100% cotton and emulates the typography and layout of the classic word game tile. The values are the same as the ones in real life, so no scrabble nerdiness will be offended. You can spell words, create monograms, counts points and celebrate the game and the language any way you please with these pillows. Available at Etsy.
Accessories, fun as they are, inevitably cost us in space. Unless, in addition to their decorative role they can also perform some functional ones. These pillows from Ronel Jordaan are a good example. Shaped as pebbles and rocks, they can add a nice zen-like touch to your interior. And when extra seating is needed these ‘rocks’ can demonstrate their soft side. Made from 100% wool, hand dyed and hand felted, the rock pillows come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
If you have an Eames fetish, there is one more way to feed your obsession aside from buying the iconic chair itself. Consider these decorative pillows from Inhabit, featuring oh-so-familiar silhouettes. Made of 100% sustainable recycled polyester from pop bottles and hand printed in the USA with environmentally-friendly inks, the pillows are as eco-conscious as can be. This Eames-featuring collection includes five different designs in various color combinations.
Writing nerds – rejoice. There is a new way to celebrate your obsession with typewriters, typefaces and lined paper. These pillows from Pi’lo will state your passion in print! Made from cotton in a neutral color scheme, the pillows are as soothing for the senses as the objects that inspired them. They make great gifts too (if you manage to part with them). Sold at Etsy.(HT Designers’ Block UK)
These handmade attention getters from Craftsquatch will surely add character to any room. The new collection of internet-inspired pillows is available on Etsy. Designs include such well-recognized logos as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Android and others. So, whatever you are addicted to on the web, you can celebrate your brand of madness with a fun and colorful pillow. Made from fleece and polyester, these pillows are soft and springy at the same time, which makes them perfect for a nap after you finally tweeted, tumblred, and googled yourself to sleep.
If you want to make a cute Valentine’s Day gesture that will not turn into a pile of dry petals in two days - consider these. Couple pillow cases from Boldloft can carry the right message and, unlike chocolates, they will stay in your home to remind about the moment you shared with your loved one. With the choice of many humorous themes available, these pillow cases make a fun and useful gift. They are also a good reminder not to take all this Valentine’s Day business too seriously…
A book and a pillow make for a perfect combination. So, when designers at Kix studio in collaboration with the fashion designer Marei Loellmann decided to actually combine these two things in one object – they have created an instant hit. This is Kissen, an ideal companion for readers, a pillow and a book bag that can be used at home, on a plane, in a park, and anywhere you can rest your head and read. Made out of durable fabric and leather, Kissen will last its owner through many pages and naps. Or, if it comes first, till the end of the era of analogue reading…